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The Yak -- Hilaire Belloc

       
(Poem #688) The Yak
 As a friend to the children
   commend me the Yak.
 You will find it exactly the thing:
   It will carry and fetch, you can ride on its back,
 Or lead it about with a string.

 The Tartar who dwells on the plains of Thibet
   (A desolate region of snow)
 Has for centuries made it a nursery pet,
   And surely the Tartar should know!
 Then tell you papa where the Yak can be got,
   And if he is awfully rich
 He will buy you the creature --
   or else
     he will not.
 (I cannot be positive which.)
-- Hilaire Belloc
Another delightful little poem from Belloc's "The Bad Child's Book of
Beasts". While the poem as a whole is certainly worth a read, those of you
familiar with my taste in poetry will be unsurprised to learn that I'm
running it mainly for the ending <g>.

Links:

poem #124 , the previous poem we've run from "The Bad Child's Book of
Beasts", has a biography of Belloc.

We've run several of his other poems too, though no other children's poem -
see [broken link] http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/index_poet.html

Afterthought:

A nice companion piece to today's poem would be Frank Jacobs' poem about the
Yak, which ran in Mad. I'll run it sometime if I can dig up a copy.

-martin

22 comments: ( or Leave a comment )

Ajit Narayanan said...

> A nice companion piece to today's poem would be Frank Jacobs' poem about
the
> Yak, which ran in Mad. I'll run it sometime if I can dig up a copy.

Uhh, that would be

The Yak

The yak sits like a mammoth mop,
A shaggy apparition;
He won't go near a barber shop
And runs from the beautician;
He bellows with a dreadful roar,
But, still, he won't attack us;
He's much too busy looking for
A young, seductive yakess!

ajit Q.

Anonymous said...

As a friend to the children commend me the Mother
You will find it exactly the thing
She loves you and your sister and also your brother
And your laundry she always does bring

For the children who dwell where the Mom does live
A lovely place to grow
There are hugs to get and kisses to give
And surely the children should know

So go tell your Mama you love her a lot
And if she loves her son
She will hug you and kiss you or else she will not
I’ll bet you can guess which one

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